Tears of joy

OUTGOING Commissioner Western Luke Moroivalu believes his time in the Western Division over the past three years was all worth it after seeing the tears of joy from villagers who were given assistance for the first time.

Mr Moroivalu has been appointed Divisional Commissioner Eastern and will be replaced by director of National Disaster Management Manasa Tagicakibau.

In an emotional final interview with this newspaper, Mr Moroivalu said seeing people’s reaction to having proper water and electricity supply was payment enough for the challenges of covering a large region.

“The thing I will always remember about my time in the West is seeing people’s tears of joy and how they show their appreciation for the work that we do,” he said.

“It’s something that makes my work worth it and I remain committed to carrying out these roles for the people,” Mr Moroivalu said.

He said facilitating developments and economic growth was also easy in most parts of the Western Division.

“It’s such a vibrant region with a lot of the sectors available and one of them being tourism which is a major income earner for Fiji.

“There was always people coming to my office with strategic plans and a budget and a proposal to develop a certain piece of land and its landowners who were also very willing to work with these investors.

“So overall, the mind-set for economic growth is readily available and for me to facilitate the work needed to develop these areas was very easy.”

Mr Moroivalu was farewelled by staff members at the Commissioner Western’s office in Lautoka yesterday.

He said part of his successful term was because of the hard work put in by his staff.

“I thank them for all the effort they put in and for making my work easier and for sharing the load with me.”

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